The name Cumbarland is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the county of Cumberland
. As a general rule, the greater the distance between individuals and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, people who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Cumbarland family
The surname Cumbarland was first found in Cumberland
, a historic county of North West England
that existed from the 12th century until 1974. The earliest record of the place was when it was listed as Cumbraland in 945 in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle and literally meant "region of the Cymry or Cumbrian Britons" from the Old English words Cumbre + land. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Cumbarland family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cumbarland research.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1301, 1524, 1670, 1703, 1631 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Cumbarland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cumbarland Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Cumbarland are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Cumbarland include: Cumberland, Cumbeland, Cumberlande, Comerland and many more.
Early Notables of the Cumbarland family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cumbarland family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cumbarland or a variant listed above: William Cumberland
who arrived in Philadelphia in 1873.